Wisconsin Health Care Employee Pride Program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and designed to celebrate the health care workforce and recognize their “truly amazing” contributions to the health of their communities, according to WHA President Steve Brenton.
In a 400 word essay, employees were asked to describe what led them to choose an occupation in health care, and why they decided to work in a hospital. Hundreds of health care employees submitted essays from across the State. A committee at each hospital selected the winning local essay, and that person was honored at the recognition banquet May 7.
Hudson Hospital & Clinic team member, Lindsay Rees, certified nursing assistant, won the local essay contest
“Lindsay is a fantastic employee,” states Robin Melin, RN, manager, Inpatient Nursing, “She always connects with patients to provide great care. She’s really a gift to Hudson Hospital & Clinic.” Whether they are on the front lines, or supporting those who deliver patient care, every health care employee helps improve the health status in the community where they live and work.
The recognition program is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration, and the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives.
(Winning essay by Lindsay Rees, CNA, Hudson Hospital & Clinic)
After graduating high school and working in retail customer service for over 13 years, I never dreamed I would be where I am today.
The long road started when my mother was in the hospital after surgery for colon cancer. I realized right then that the customer service I was performing was not making the difference that I wanted it to make. How much do you really remember the girl at the checkout counter? I wanted to see that real joy on a person’s face when I helped them accomplish something truly remarkable, like taking their first steps after surgery, or helping them shower and get dressed after being bed bound for 5 days.
Not being ready for a long trek in college, I was amazed that I could be helping people accomplish these things after a two-month training program to be a nursing assistant. The hands-on experience I’ve received after completing the certification and now working in a hospital, brings great joy and meaning to my life. I work every day knowing that these patients I help are somebody’s mother, father, child or friend. In the absence of those relatives and friends, I can be confident that I am giving patients the care that they would, if they could be there themselves. I go home each day knowing that I didn’t just please someone for a moment, by smiling when I rang out their purchases, but honestly helped someone on the road to becoming their better selves.
The growing passion I feel for my work made me realize that I have the potential to do more, and have now applied to nursing school. I can’t wait for the chance to further my skills and care for more of my “mothers, fathers and friends.”
Lindsay Rees, CNA
Certified Nursing Assistant
Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Hudson